Mount Maunganui Primary School Newsletter
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Edition #17 12 November 2020
Term Dates 2020
Term 4 - Monday 12th October to Wednesday 16th December

Term Dates 2021
Term 1 - Tuesday 2nd February to Friday 16th April
Term 2 - Monday 3rd May to Friday 9th July
Term 3 - Monday 26th July to Friday 1st October
Term 4 - Monday 18th October to Tuesday 15th December (to be confirmed)

Save This Date:
Xmas in the Park
Wednesday 9th December - 5:30 on the school field
(see the flyer in the PTA section)

Check out the Parent Calendar on the school website!
Remember to check out the Parent Calendar on
for other important events that are happening.

A note from Damien

Kia ora Koutou, welcome to this week's edition of The Pipeline. 

Classes 2021
As we have now passed the deadline for any considerations we have begun the process of creating classes for 2021. As with last year, and to reduce the negatives of transitions between classes, we have again planned opportunities for our Mounties to find out which class they are in next year, who their classmates are and who their teacher is ahead of our year finishing up. We have multiple opportunities for our students to meet with next year's teacher and class as part of the learning in the last couple of weeks of school. As I mentioned last edition, we have always talked about friends to be in next year's class with, this has caused issues sometimes as friends are not always good learning together and sometimes need to be separated for their own good (this is not always the case). This year we are talking about learning buddies rather than friends, this gives a more clear focus on what/who is best for their learning rather than just a social connection. I am confident this will work as well as it has in the past but is also clearer in our intent. 

The other thing I'd like to mention which is common at this time of the year is parent comments on teachers at our school. It is natural for parents to ask around about teachers they may not know well and for parents to share opinions. Please know that we are aware of the learning needs and styles of our Mounties and that we have a diverse range of teachers here who do a great job of catering for our Mounties. Please be mindful of remaining open to our knowledge about which teacher is best for each of our Mounties. We are fortunate to have a great and diverse bunch of teachers here and have many great options for creating classes for 2021. 

We are using Hero as our primary means of communication and can get analytics on the % uptake of this, who and how many parents are opening messages etc.  We have been having conversations with some parents and have become aware that not every parent is having success at accessing and using HERO. If you are not, or you know people who are not, please ask them to contact the school so we can help out, HERO is really important as we not only communicate through HERO but also share learning through progressions and learning stories. 

Thanks for your ongoing support, I've been involved in a couple of conversations with our staff who have had parents do something nice for them, it has made their day! (This is not a call out to everyone else to do this, just an acknowledgement of how much it means to our team). 

Keep smiling, not long to go till holidays! 

Nicali, Ben, Warren, Sarah, Leigh, Juliet, Damien
We are so excited to have Bartletts offer swimming lessons after school in our pool for the benefit and convenience of our families and community.
This has been made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors who have enabled us to invest in a heat pump and thermal cover. We will be heating the pool to a comfortable 32 degrees which will make swimming lessons at school so much more enjoyable for students and trainers.

Assessments were held in the school pool yesterday afternoon exclusively for Mount families and then on Friday assessments will be held for the wider community 3:15 to 5pm.   Administration staff will be at these assessments so you will be able to enroll on the spot. 
Email Bartlett Swim School at to register.

Bartletts will share their profits and help us maintain the pool so this is a great way to help ensure our school pool continues to exist and enable our children to gain water safety and skills.

If you or your family business would like to donate towards the remainder of the project (sandblast and repaint of the pool) please get in touch with Damien (email  There is still space to advertise your business on the sponsors' board which will be going on display near the pool soon.
The next Board meeting will be in the staffroom on Thursday 26th November at 6:00pm
Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takitini
(Success is not the work of one, but the work of many)
THANK YOU to our pool upgrade sponsors:

 - D&B Construction

PLATINUM SPONSORS – Placemakers, Furnish, The Flooring Room, Craig’s Investment Partners, Boshier Engineering, Base Up, Alpha Interiors, SciPad, BayCopy

GOLD SPONSORS – A.R.C. Electrical Contractors, Louvretec, Lust Haircare, Harcourts, Sisters and Co, Duncan and Ebbett, Integral, Mel and Annette from Powers Realty, Custom Roof,  Loadsense,  Vane Orthopaedics, Juliet Rowan.
Exciting News!  We have some spaces for out of zone students to join us at Mount Primary over the next year.  If you know someone who might be keen to become a Mountie let them know about this.
2021 Pending Enrolments
We are underway in planning our 2021 classes, and to help us out we need to know if you or your friends are planning to have children attend Mount Primary as Mounties next year.  We are especially interested in those who are turning 5 over the Christmas period and into the first few months of the 2021 school year.

If you have not yet, please let us know about upcoming enrolments.  Contact Heather Brown in the office as soon as possible, and  download an enrolment form from the school website
Order your Varsity Tees now here, ready for collection at the start of Term 1, 2021!

High quality AS Colour cotton tees;
(Kelly Green, Gold, Grey Marle)

The wording on the tees is:

EST. 1913

An awesome fundraiser for Mt Primary! 
If you have any questions please email:

ICAS Assessment Results

Earlier this year some of our students opted to participate in the ICAS Assessments. These assessments are based on higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • High Distinction is awarded to the top 1% of participants
  • Distinction is awarded to the next 10% of participants
  • Credit is awarded to the next 25% of participants
  • Merit is awarded to the next 10% of participants
  • Participation is awarded for all remaining students
Well done to everyone who took part. This year's results are:

Digital Technologies
Credit - Alex Grenside

Credit - Daisy Smith, Ella Coley, Maya Smith
Distinction - Nico Wilson

Participation - Anahera Rei, Isabella McFadden, Mae Stockman, Mitchell Hill, Niko Stevens, Sophie Ranger
Merit - Samuel Stockman, Mia McKenzie

Credit - Daisy Smith, Ella Coley, Lucy Ranger, Maya Smith, Zara Stevens
Distinction - Elodie Keeble
High Distinction - Sam Cameron 

Participation - Alex Grenside, Archie Beale, Kai Atkins, Samuel Stockman
Credit - Maya Smith, Mia McKenzie, Mitchell Hill, Zara Stevens
Distinction - Daisy Smith, Sam Cameron

Participation - Alex Grenside, Ben Young, Haemin Park, Isabella McFadden, Levi Catley, Sophie Ranger, Toby Cross
Merit - Hayoon Kim, Mitchell Hill

Credit - Archie Beale, Daisy Smith, Ella Coley, Kai Atkins, Lucy Ranger, Maya Smith, Nico Wilson, Samuel Hawkins
Distinction - Sian Morrow, Sam Cameron

We will be presenting these certificates next Monday 16th November at 10:45am.  Parents - you are welcome to join us for this short hui, or you may like to send a large ziplock bag to school for their safe transportation home.
Please see below the poster for the Xmas in the Park brought to you by the PTA and Pato Entertainment.

Entry by koha/donation
Calendar Art 
Calendar Art is in the process of being distributed through your teachers. The PTA would like to say a big thanks to everyone who ordered these fantastic keepsakes of your child’s artwork. We raised over $4000 and all of this money will go back into the school to directly benefit our Mounties.  

We have noticed a small number of issues with production of calendars being bound incorrectly, so can we please ask you to check your calendars and advise the office if there is any issue to give us time to contact the manufacturer and arrange reprinting.
 Pre-loved Mountie Hats or House T Shirts
The PTA would love to see any pre-loved Mountie hats and House t-shirts donated to the box in the office. Help us to pay it forward to our Mounties who are in need of a hat or house t.  We will wash and restore!
Hi Everyone

Absentees or Late Arrivals - Please notify the school office if your child is going to be absent or late.  You can leave a message on the phone absentee line (07) 575 3960.

Dental Van - The Mobile Dental Service Van is at school this term.  27th October to 20th November.  They will not have the opportunity to see every child so if you have any concerns about your child's teeth please call the Arataki Dental Clinic on (07) 575 3498.
Hats, House T Shirts - Available through the school online shop.

School Donation - Thank you to those who have paid the school donation.    An email with the link for payment will be sent in the next few days. (Just a friendly reminder that this is a donation and is voluntary.)

Kath -
Heather -

Stuff the Bus our “Giving” House Challenge 2020

It’s that time of the year for our big Term 4 House Competition. As we look to develop and shape Mounties at our school one of the things we support is giving to others. We know that our Mounties live in a great community and are well supported with the things they need in their lives, this is not the case for all young people in Tauranga. 

Our House Captains will decorate boxes (in house colours) to collect wrapped presents for local charities to give out through the MORE FM “Stuff The Bus” competition.  These boxes will be placed in the office foyer area.

These need to be wrapped and labelled with the age and gender the present is suitable for.  

The Challenge: 

As this is a giving challenge our school encourages Mounties to use their pocket money or do jobs to use money that they have earned (rather than just being given money to buy this) to get a present to give. It doesn’t have to be brand new, big or expensive but rather a gift they (each child(ren) want to give to someone else to help make this time of year special for them.  

10 House Points per present will be given out at the end of this competition. We’ll also look for larger gifts for bonus points oo. 

Competition finishes Friday the 4th of December at 2pm when the bus will be at Mount Primary so get your presents in before then so we can Stuff The Bus!! 
Well done to all of our Year 5/6 students who competed in the Senior School Athletics last Monday.  The following students qualified to compete on behalf of Mount Maunganui Primary at the Mount Cluster Athletics competition this Friday 13th November, Jed Richardson, Harrison Ellis, Louisa Kroger de Hollanda, Emerson Panettiere Brown, Harry Breed, Jesse Kingston Smith, Hope Black, Mila Watherston, Hikairo Moorehead, Kai Atkins, Sam Fowler, Stella Coffey, Enzo Graham, Oliver Williams, Jaymie Tata, Charly Cave, Vitor Bauermann Kokemper, Eli Beer, Sienna Crowley, Sam Stockman, Noah Ramsbottom, Lillian Akagi, Finn Van Gisbergen, Grace Biddulph, Nika Fredrickson, Mitchell Hill, Max Cranfield, Archie Beale, Ella Coley, Taane Madden, Ellie Kishor, Tanusha Naidu, Sol Fritchley and Stella Dixon.  I look forward to sharing their results with you after Friday's competition.

Well done to our Year 5/6 cricket team that completed in last weeks WBOP Junior World Cup.  Competing as Zimbabwe, the team played a round robin competition, with 20 schools from our local area.   They represented not only Mount Maunganui Primary, but Zimbabwe with great sportsmanship and some excellent cricket.  Thank you to WBOP Cricket and Sport Bay of Plenty for organising this amazing day.

Congratulations to the Mount Dunkers (Year 5/6 basketball) who received their medals this week for placing second in their division for this season.  A huge thank you also to Carly Marsh-Bateman for coaching the team and Gisela de Hollanda for managing.  We couldn't have done it without you! (Absent from the photo is Louisa Hollanda de Kroger).
House Points
      82,525                     81,713                        81,992                      82,174

Rachel Kelly
Sports Co-ordinator
Yummy Stickers
Keep collecting your Yummy Stickers and send them to Mrs Styles in Room 12.  We only have this term left to collect them before they are sent away and counted.  Remember the more we collect, the more PE equipment we will receive for our school. 
Happy crunching and munching!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the Scholastic Book Club orders this year. This is just some of the books we were able to purchase for our school library with the rewards received.
Week 4 Junior Caught Being a Mountie awards.
Enjoying the Chickens in The Bay
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